Originally Posted by rramacha
Two Reasons I am keeping Squeezebox:
1. Squeezebox app lets me see album/artist etc using iPad app. I don't have to keep my projector on.
2. All my music is ripped as Apple Lossless. Unfortunately Oppo doesn't play that format. I may have to re rip and not really looking forward to that.
1. Splashtop remote (real cheap for iPad, free for PC, free for Mac) allows you to control a Mac or PC from the iPad and will let you see the album art and the entrire media app interface for whatever media player software you decide to use.
2. All you need is a media player that's compatible with Apple Lossless (assume you mean ALAC) -- the media player will do the conversion to PCM when the files are played.
If you do want to convert to FLAC, Spesoft File Converter is a free application that converts ALAC to FLAC quickly. If you meant you used the AIFF format (essentially an uncompressed file format similar to WAV), you are wasting a lot of hard disc space. But Spesoft will convert AIFF to FLAC also, though it's not as fast as converting ALAC to FLAC. There is, indeed, no reason to re-rip anything. There are many media player software apps that will convert ALAC, FLAC or AIFF to PCM upon playback and send PCM to the Oppo... that's actually better since the Oppo doesn't have to expend any resources doing the conversion internally. PCM is the digital format music has to be in before it is converted to analog by the DACs. In fact some media player apps like JRiver Media Center PC (Mac version on the way, but not sure when) will also do file format conversions right from inside the app without you having to use an external file converter app.